Janice Jurado: "Ang drugs po ang sumira ng buhay ko."

by Rommel R. Llanes
Jun 16, 2017
Janice Jurado says she tried it all: shabu, cocaine, marijuana, and injections; she adds, "Kulang na lang pati katol, hithitin ko."

Janice Jurado had just finished filming Bubog under the direction of Arlyn dela Cruz.

Playing an asset in this indie film, which tackles the war against drugs, the actress thinks she got the role because she used to be a drug addict.

Back in the 80s, Janice was among the busiest sexy comediennes, having starred in about 40 movies.

She was also known for her character Liweng in the hit sitcom Duplex of RPN-9.

She became less visible in the 90s, the period when she got hooked on drugs.

In a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), at Pearlmont Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, Janice revealed she had tried it all.

"Hindi lang shabu ang tinira ko pati cocaine, marijuana, pati injections, umabot ako run.

"Alam ninyo, kulang na lang pati katol, hithitin ko, e."

Her life then started going downhill. At some point, the star who used to be a famous leading lady became unrecognizable.

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Janice recounted, "Naging taong grasa ako for six months. Pakalat-kalat ako kung saan-saan na hindi ako nakikilala ng mga tao."

Drug, she stated, took away her focus, purpose, and her two children.

The actress goes on enumerating how drugs ruined her.

"Ang drugs po ang sumira ng buhay ko.

"Ang drugs po ang nagpahiwalay sa akin sa mga anak ko.

"Ang drugs din po ang dahilan kung bakit parang naging mukhang bangkay ako noon.

"At dahil po sa drugs na iyan, nawala ang career ko, nawala ang pamilya ko, nawala ang hitsura ko.

"Pati mga kaibigan ko, nawala, lalong-lalo na yung aking tirahan.

"Dati ay nakatira ako sa isang malaking bahay, apat ang kotse, hatid-sundo yung mga anak ko.

"Umabot po ako sa punto na ayaw na akong papasukin ng mga anak ko sa bahay.

"At umabot din ako sa punto na natulog ako sa waiting shed.

"Dahil sa drugs, itinakwil ako ng mga anak ko."

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With the help of some friends in showbiz, she received treatment from a rehabilitation center.

"Nung ipasok ako sa rehabilitation center, nung tulungan ako ng Oasis of Love [a Catholic charismatic community], napatunayan ko na may Panginoon.

"Napatunayan ko na hindi sagot ang droga para makalimutan ang mga problema sa buhay.

"Hindi sagot ang droga para matanggal yung depression mo."

Janice said she has found her inner peace.

"Andiyan ang Diyos, diyan ka magdasal. Kasi ang droga, pag tinira mo, bagsak ka.

"Pero ang Panginoong Diyos, kapag tinawag mo, yayakapin ka."

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